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St John the Apostle Parish
         A Missionary of the Sacred Heart Parish  
Celebrating 50 Years    
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time                    Year A  
5 February 2023                                            #11.23
Faithfull following God is a Vocation

We all have a vocation: to be the “light of the world” and the “salt of the earth”; to be contributing members of our communities and of the Body of Christ. God gives us gifts so that we can use them as the faithful stewards did in the twenty-fifth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel when they came and presented their Lord with the profits of what they had been given.

Today, when we describe a person as being the ‘salt of the earth’ it’s generally meant in a way that says the person is hard working, straight talking and pretty down to earth.

To be salt of the earth and light of the world means to be the one who puts their hand up and steps forward to speak for, work for and act for those who are the least in this world. To have the potential and resources to be a force for good in the world and not act on it is to be like salt that’s used for salting the streets or a lamp that’s under a tub. The whole purpose of being salt and light is to lead others into right relationship with one another and with God.

Today’s gospel passage immediately follows the Beatitudes that we heard in last week’s gospel. The imperative for justice in the images of salt and light of the world becomes even clearer when we remember that these words follow the blessings on those who are poor; who mourn; who are merciful and fight for justice. Jesus has blessed all these who are least in the world and then charges the disciples to be salt and light for them.

To faithfully follow God is a vocation.

Taken from: Awakenings, by Joan Chittister 

Heart Spirituality
The Sacred Heart revealed God's mercy on earth  

The Heart of Jesus is essentially merciful, because it is the Heart of God; mercy is his very nature. The Blessed Trinity put in his Heart for our sake all the treasures of its tenderness and love, and so the Sacred Heart poured them out profusely on every misfortune he came across.

His role on earth was not to condemn but to forgive; not to spurn those who suffer but to comfort them; not to alienate sinners, but to enlighten and convert them; not to turn away the sick, but to heal them; not to abandon a lost sheep, but to bring it back to the sheepfold; not to quench the smoking wick, but to make it burn brightly; not to break the crushed reed, but to strengthen it. That is the Sacred Heart. What kindness, what mercy.

Jules Chevalier msc, Méditations II, p, 641. Issoudun 1891.

  May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be everywhere loved……….forever!


We Must Act

Our Gospel passage, from Matthew sends us out on our stewardship way with a bang as Jesus declares to us, His disciples, that we are the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world.” But, He adds, salt no longer gives flavour if allowed to go stale — light cannot bring its blessed brightness if left hidden. Therefore, we must act! We must live our lives so that others will see the things that we do — the ways that we serve others, care for the vulnerable, prioritize our family relationships and above all, our love for God — and then give Him glory. 
This is the stewardship way of life. Let’s give it our all! 



St John the Apostle Parish Pastoral Council

The PPC needs new members. If you would like to serve our parish through being a member of the PPC please contact the parish office. We thank Carl Madsen and Kirsty Vera who have retired from the Pastoral Council. Carl has completed  his term on the Council and Kirsty has moved to the Finance Council.



Fr. Kimi will be attending the Provincial Council meeting from 6 – 10 February. 
Wednesday 8 – Friday 10 February will be a Liturgy of the Word with Communion. 
There will be no Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after 9:30am Mass on Monday 6 February.


Word of God Sunday 
5 February @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Word of God Sunday is devoted to the celebration, study and dissemination of the Word of God.  In September 2019, Pope Francis instituted the celebration of Word of God Sunday when issuing the apostolic letter Aperuit Illis. The letter encouraged the celebration, study and dissemination of the Word of God.

We will celebrate it in Australia for the first time on 7 February. So our podcast, The Revolution of Tenderness, will consider the Word of God in Catholic Social Teaching. With help from Scripture scholars, we will explore passages of Scripture that are quoted in Catholic Social Teaching documents.

Episode 1 features Professor Mary Coloe.


Contemplative Prayer with the Blessed Sacrament 

First Thursday of the Month – 2 February - 
7:30pm – 8:30pm 

Come for 15 or 30 minutes – whatever time you can spare –
there is no requirement to stay for the whole hour.


Archbishop Timothy Costelloe, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference will introduce a virtual Convocation on synodality, 
The Synod on Synodality: Why we should care, 
at 7.30pm on Thursday 2 February.

Speakers: - Susan Pascoe, Francis Sullivan and Patricia Gemmell will discuss the Document for the Continental Stage of the Synod and current work on the imminent Bishops’ response. Sponsored by Australasian Catholic Coalition for Church Reform, Garratt Publishing and YTU-University of Divinity.




Formation Sessions for parents
Sacrament of Penance            6 February 
Sacrament of Confirmation      27 March 
Sacrament of the Eucharist     19 June  

To register or for more information please contact the parish office: 6254 3236 or

22 February Ash Wednesday

Mass times:       9:30am & 6:00pm
Anointing of the Sick within Mass 

Dates for 2023 
Friday     24 February 
        30 June 
               24 November 
     at 11:00am 

Followed by lunch served in the church foyer. 
Outreach to parishioners who are housebound and need help to come to mass.

Parish Picnic

The annual parish picnic will be held on Sunday 26 February.

51st Anniversary of the parish

                    Place: John Knight Memorial Park 
                    Time: 11:00am

Meat will be provided. Please bring a salad or dessert to share.

Lenten Program  

Copies of the Wollongong Diocese Lenten program Triumph will be available for purchase from the SJA Shop from 1 February. 

Books $10.00 each 
CD $10.00 each

Hope, Truth, and Integrity  


Speaker - Peter Martin AM 
Chair - Clive Rodger 

7pm Chambers Pavilion, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Blackall Street (near Kings Ave), Barton ACT
For details see the flyer below  or see our website at

The January edition of KIT
will be emailed out next week.
Email your contributions to Marian at
Charnwood Parish Secretary Part Time

People are invited to apply for the position Parish Secretary for St Thomas Aquinas Parish, Charnwood. This is a part-time permanent position of 12 hours per week (preferably Tues, Wed, Thurs 10am-2pm) Salary will be subject to equivalent Clerk Award Level 4/5 rates.  Covering letter addressing the essential requirements and resume to be submitted by 9 February 2023. Please phone Debbie Hofman 6258 1563 or email  for a copy of the Duty Statement. 

St John the Apostle Women’s Breakfast 
Tuesday - 28 February – 7:30am 


 Bean Origin 

5/32 Nettlefold St, Belconnen
        St John’s Friendship Group
next meeting on Wednesday 22 February for Mass at 9:30am,

followed by morning tea in the parish centre. 
Please come and join us, you are all most welcome. 
Please bring a plate to share.  


The SJAShop is now open before and after Masses on the weekend. 

               POS machine available or cash. 
 Becoming Catholic  
If you or you know someone who would like to become Catholic,
please contact the parish office for more information.
 SJAYouth - YCS
Young Christian Students

Do you want to meet others and have fun? 
Do you believe in equality and justice? 
Do you care about the environment? 

Contact Parish Office – 6254 3236


12 Feb                  Lector Roster


Bob Raadts, Therese Kercher


Mariana Rollgejser, Sigrid Kropp


Margaret Luck, Dennis Puniard


Meg Millband, Brian Mahony


12 Feb                  Ministers of Communion


Maria Catanzariti, James Nield


Shane Murtagh, Carmel Screen


Frank Colley, Margarete Gill


John McGee, Chitra Jayawardena

12 Feb                  Hospitality Roster


Jenny Maher


Mandy Lalor


Judy Kenny


Sabina Van Rooy


12 Feb                  SJAShop




Fay Stephenson




John McGee


Weekly Rosters

Altar Society

5 Feb

Margaret Ferguson


11 Feb

Rob Breen, Mike Blyth,
Dennis Puniard, David Momi

Church Cleaning:

5 Feb

John O’Heir, Pat Keenan,
Debbie and Ted Milne


Let us pray for those who are sick - we remember them in our Masses.

Recently Deceased:  Fr. Neville Drinkwater, Nicholas Roots

Anniversary:  Alexander Powell, Alice Tonna, Robert Thomas, Nola Newton, Doreen Kennedy, Salvatore Nasca, Julian Oakley, Violet Duve, Annie McCreath, Clements Cox, Bruce Walker, Carmelia Godfrey, Maria Carrusca, Victoria Wilkinson, Kenneth Vella, Faye Menegazzo, Stella Bell, Margaret Ephgrave, Margaret Davis, Elias Kiki, John Maher, Peter Moore, Roberto Millucci, Robert Haverfield, Robert Galliano, Rene Stubbs, George Griffiths, Trent Foster, Glenn Foster, Nellie Bannon, Henry Moulis, Edward Blake-Smith, Philip Babic, John Thompson, Vincent Mawson, Raychell Nolan, Charlotte Lansdown.



Mass Intentions the week of 6 -12 February

Mon 06/02

Santiago Peter Francis

Wed 08/02

Liturgy of the Word with Communion]

Thur 09/02

Liturgy of the Word with Communion

Fri 10/02

Liturgy of the Word with Communion


Sat 11/02



Vincent Mawson



Sun 12/02



Available [contact the office]


Rosario Orejana &

Agustina Gomez


Parish Intention

To ensure that a mass time is available please telephone the parish office to make a booking.  








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